4Kids Ent. has acquired exclusive worldwide licensing rights and will manage promotional initiatives for the new CG-animated children’s series The Zula Patrol. The space-themed educational show geared to kids pre-k through second grade began airing on American Public Television affiliates in the fall of 2005, with international television sales being handled by Los Angeles-based MarVista Ent.
Created by Deborah M. Manchester, Ph.D., The Zula Patrol is designed to promote an understanding of science and astronomy through engaging, character-driven stories and learning objectives that address specific National Science Education Standards. The learning extends beyond the tube with schools and after-school programs across the country using ‘Zula’s Launchpad for Learning’ science kits, and school districts utilizing the show’s content for teacher accreditation workshops.
The series follows a group of aliens from the imaginary planet Zula as they fearlessly travel the galaxies helping others and saving the universe from intergalactic danger. Fearless leader Bula, pilot Zeeter, intergalactic scientist Multo, pet Gorga and cosmic twins Wizzy and Wigg work together to keep dastardly villain Dark Truder and his talking toupee, Traxie, from taking over the Galaxy.
Marketing and outreach efforts for the series include interactive traveling museum exhibits, educational programs and other events available in Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Ill.; San Francisco, Calif. Hartford, Conn. and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition, a Fulldome Digital Theater show featuring Zula Patrol characters will launch nationwide in the spring of 2007. For more information on The Zula Patrol, go to www.zula.com.